Trump vows health care overhaul by end of August

President Trump promised to unveil his long-awaited overhaul to the U.S. health care system, one of his main 2016 campaign promises, by the end of August. The president’s announcement once again pushed back the date to unveil the plan, which Trump had said during an interview last month with Fox News’ Chris Wallace would be signed in two weeks. “We’re […]

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Goldman revamps employee reviews, opening door to more job cuts

Goldman Sachs is adopting a performance review system that will grade up to 10 percent of its 39,000 employees as under-performers this year, according to an internal memo sent on Monday, potentially leading to more job cuts in 2021 than the bank has made in recent years. The Wall Street bank’s new head of human […]

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Growing artists hub in the San Fernando Valley closes its doors, done in by coronavirus

The sound system had been sold to a local museum. And the gallery t-walls, broken down by a demolition company into nothing more than wood pieces, were shipped out. Just the faint outlines remained of a stage area that had showcased monthly jazz performances, and that was jostled so hard once by an a capella […]

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Virus antibodies fade fast but not necessarily protection

New research suggests that antibodies the immune system makes to fight the new coronavirus may only last a few months in people with mild illness, but that doesn’t mean protection also is gone or that it won’t be possible to develop an effective vaccine. “Infection with this coronavirus does not necessarily generate lifetime immunity,” but […]

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UN official, in recording, talks of getting US ‘off the UN’s back,’ preventing cuts with whistleblower system

EXCLUSIVE: A recording of a U.N. investigator talking about a system to speed up U.N. investigations that “gets the Americans off the U.N.’s back” and avoids the U.S. reducing its financial contribution is sparking fresh calls for the Trump administration to do exactly that. Emma Reilly, a United Nations whistleblower who has faced retaliation for reporting […]

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U.S. Asylum Officers Denounce Trump Proposal That Would Block Asylum Claims

WASHINGTON — A Trump administration plan to overhaul the asylum system in the United States would subject vulnerable families to danger and violate international law, officers who would carry out the policy said Wednesday. In its public comment on the proposed regulation, the union representing federal asylum officers said it would effectively deny most migrants […]

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Massive waves in Australia draw surfers in Sydney, beachgoers run from ‘freak wave’

Talk about a wall of water. A storm system off the eastern coast of Australia churned up massive swells on Wednesday, as Sydney’s coastline was battered with large waves that surfers tried to take advantage of. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology issued a hazardous surf warning for New South Wales state through Thursday due to the […]

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Courts get creative to restart jury trials amid pandemic

It was New Mexico’s first jury trial since the pandemic crippled the U.S. criminal justice system, and defense attorney Roberta Yurcic was nervous. The court had erected a plexiglass panel on the defense table as a shield against the coronavirus, and Yurcic could communicate with her client by passing notes through a hole in the […]

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Ilhan Omar calls for dismantling America’s ‘system of oppression’

Rep. Ilhan Omar called for dismantling economic and political systems that serve as a “system of oppression.” The Minnesota Democrat said Tuesday that most conversations around police brutality and racial injustice do not go far enough in their call for change. “We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform,” she said during an […]

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The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to more than 20,000 employees and […]

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Tribe in South Dakota Seeks Court Ruling Over Standoff on Blocking Virus

WASHINGTON — Plagued with an inadequate health care system and fearful of what could happen if the coronavirus spread across its tribal lands in South Dakota, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe took emergency steps 12 weeks ago, setting up checkpoints along roads into its reservation to question travelers about their health and their travel plans. […]

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Trump’s False Attacks on Voting by Mail Stir Broad Concern

President Trump is stepping up his attacks on the integrity of the election system, sowing doubts about the November vote at a time when the pandemic has upended normal balloting and as polls show former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ahead by large margins. Having yet to find an effective formula for undercutting Mr. […]

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Dodgers select a pair of pitchers in the second round of the MLB draft

The Dodgers have spent the first two rounds of the 2020 MLB draft bolstering their system with right-handed pitchers — in particular college right-handers from the south. After taking Bobby Miller of Louisville in the first round Wednesday, the Dodgers on Thursday chose East Tennessee State‘s Landon Knack with the 60th pick and Texas Tech‘s […]

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Georgia’s Election Mess: Many Problems, Plenty of Blame, Few Solutions for November

ATLANTA — Before Georgia’s embattled election officials can fix a voting system that suffered a spectacular collapse, leading to absentee ballots that never got delivered and hourslong waits at polling sites on Tuesday, they must first figure out who is responsible. As multiple investigations begin into what went wrong, and as Democrats accuse the state’s […]

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Fed eases terms of Main Street loans, says registration will begin soon

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The seal for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is displayed in Washington 2/2 By Howard Schneider and Jonnelle Marte WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve eased the terms of its “Main Street” lending program on Monday, cutting the minimum loan size in half to $250,000 […]

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Fed eases terms of Main Street loans, tells banks to start disbursing

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The seal for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is displayed in Washington By Howard Schneider and Jonnelle Marte WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve eased the terms of its “Main Street” lending program on Monday, lowering the minimum loan size from $500,000 to $250,000 and lengthening […]

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11 Great Alternatives to the Top National Parks

The glories of the national park system draw hundreds of millions of visitors each year, even in normal times. But in this upside-down year, with the pandemic still limiting much travel in and outside the United States, it’s likely that the National Park Service’s 419 sites, 62 with a “national park” designation, will attract even […]

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Khloe Kardashian ‘Appreciates’ Tristan Thompson’s ‘Nice’ Words After His Very Flirty Comment 

Khloe Kardashian has a great support system in her ex, Tristan Thompson. He recently hyped her up in the comments of a new selfie she shared, which critics picked apart and claimed Khloe’s face looked drastically different. Go inside their relationship. Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson continue to prove that they are amicable exes who support […]

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Cook County Health narrows CEO field to 12, plans to open another building at jail for COVID-19 response

Dr. John Jay Shannon, then CEO of the Cook County Health system, looks on as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks in 2017. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file Five of the 12 have already been interviewed, M. Hill Hammock, Chair of Cook County Health’s Board of Directors, said Friday. The pool of potential candidates […]

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Nevada’s vote-by-mail primary stirs fraud concerns, as unclaimed ballots pile up: ‘Something stinks here’

Red flags are being raised about the all-mail voting system being used in Nevada’s most populous county ahead of the state’s June 9 primary election amid reports that thousands of ballots are being sent to inactive voters — fueling concerns about the possibility of voter fraud and ballot harvesting. Thousands of ballots have been sent […]

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Looming ‘junk’ wave threatens Europe’s financial system: ESRB

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Union’s financial system may not cope on its own with a looming wave of credit rating downgrades caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which may disrupt funding markets, the bloc’s financial stability watchdog said on Thursday. The European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) said the European market for high-yield bonds is too […]

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Apple and Google takes steps to ensure privacy as coronavirus tracking rolls out

In rolling out their coronavirus tracking system to developers, Apple and Google have confirmed that it will ban location tracking by other official apps. But the decision, which prioritizes privacy and preventing governments from using the system to compile data on citizens, could complicate things for state governments looking to track coronavirus outbreaks. State governments […]

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NYC subway halting overnight service for virus cleaning

New York City’s subway system will shut down each day from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to increase cleaning of trains and stations during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, two days after he called conditions in the subway “disgusting.” The closures, slated to start next week, will mark a rare instance of […]

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